Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXIII: Lovers' Doubts and Dreams >> Page 277

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription LOVERS' DOUBTS AND DREAMS. 277
LET US now return to Janet Berkeley and the wounded Mel-
lichampe. Tarleton had not deceived the maiden. The hurts
of her lover, though serious and painful, were yet not danger-
ous, unless neglected ; and as the privilege was accorded her
�the sweetest of all privileges to one who loves- truly of
being with and tending upon the beloved one, there was no
longer reasou to apprehend for his safety, from the injuries al-
ready received. - The apprehensions of Janet Berkeley were,
naturally enough, all addressed to the future. She knew the
enemy in whose custody he lay ; and, though half consoled
by the positive assurances of Tarleton, and compelled, from
the necessity of the case, to be satisfied, she was yet far from
contented with the situation of her lover.
His first moment of perfect consciousness, after his wounds
had been dressed, found her, a sweet minister waiting at his
side. Her hand bathed his head and smoothed his pillow--
her eye, dewy and bright, hung like a sweet star of promise
above his form�her watchful care brought him the soothing
medicine her voice of love cheered him into hope with the
music of a heaven-born affection. Every whisper from her lips
was as so much melody upon his ear, and brought with it a
feeling of peace and quiet to his mind, which had not often
been a dweller there before. Ah, surely, love is the heart's
best medicine ! It is the dream of a perfect spirit�the solace
of the otherwise denied the first, the last hope of all not ut-
terly turned away from the higher promptings and better pur-
poses of a divine humanity.
How sweet became his hurts to Mellichampe under such at-